Installing Laminate

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Laminate flooring is perfect for do-it-yourselfers because it’s easy to install! Here’s a quick guide to getting started with installing your new laminate floors.

Before you start:

Lay the flooring flat and leave it in the room it will be installed in to acclimate for at least 48 hours.

Clean the subfloor thoroughly, make sure it is completely level, and remove base moldings.

If installing over concrete, be sure it is completely cured before beginning the installation.

Next, put down a vapor or moisture barrier. Use plastic, vapor paper or underlayment, depending on the subfloor and level of your home (below grade, on grade, above grade). Consult a professional to determine which is best for your home!

Remember to account for door jambs. Place a piece of flooring against each door jamb, mark it, and then cut it so the flooring fits snuggly under the door jamb. This will give you a great professional look.

Now you’re ready to begin installation!

Start with the longest wall and place ½” or ¼” spacers along the wall with the first row of boards pressed firmly against them. Spacers create expansion gaps which allow the flooring to expand and contract naturally. The gaps will be covered by base molding.

For each row after the first, offset joints between six to eight inches.

Simply click the flooring together!

When you reach the last row, a plank or two might need trimming to fit. Remember to maintain expansion gaps across every edge of the room.

Finally, install base molding to cover gaps and any threshold molding to transition between rooms!

For detailed instructions, check the Flooring 101 guide.

With questions, contact Tech & Installation at 800-366-4204.

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  1. I just brought Dream click and lock laminate flooring. It’s says don’t use underlayment on wood floors. The salesman said I had to use it I’m confused. We took up carpet under them were badly stained hardwood floors please help us thank you

    • Lumber Liquidators on

      Hi Joanne, thank you for your business! Additional underlayment padding is not required for laminates that come with a pre-attached cushion on the back of the plank. However quality underlayments can help smooth out minor subfloor imperfections, provide moisture protection over wood subfloors and have added insulation and sound control properties.

      For laminates that do not come with a pre-attached pad Lumber Liquidators recommends the use of our Bellawood Premium underlayment or ECO Silent Sound underlayment. These quality underlayments will best support the joints while ensuring superior thermal sound reduction qualities and are highly recommended for use with condominium associations, project planners and building specifiers.

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